Royal Ascot

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As Royal Ascot is fast approaching (Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st June 2014 in fact), I am sure the ladies and gents that will be attending this years’ races are well underway with their outfit preparation.

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I have been a couple of times and love the whole ascot experience from organising your outfit and hat to soaking up the whole atmosphere on the day. I love seeing all the lavish outfits as well as drinking champers (of course) and placing the odd bet or two. Shamefully I bet on colours of the riders shirts rather than tactically betting on the favourites to win!!!!! Unfortunately I won’t be attending this year as I will just be back from hollibobs plus I have tickets to Wimbledon this year. One sporting event is clearly enough.

Here are my hints and tips on dressing for the races…….

Ascot is like hunting for something totally wow-worthy to wear to London Fashion Weekend. Most people have pretty much sussed out the aforementioned looks by now, and one thing I always believe in when it comes to personal style is that if you´re happy with yourself and what you wear which makes you feel amazing you´re pretty much sorted. Competition is also rife with the ladies all trying to out do one another. Personally I just enjoy seeing all the different looks and getting fascinator inspiration.

The dress code guidelines are now quite strict; gone are the strapless dresses, the asymmetric designs and cut-out detailing, as well as the daring hemlines. (Which if I am honest I think is a good call on ascot’s behalf). The races are now a demure event (well always have been) and ladies should dress accordingly. Even fascinators have been given the brush-off in the Royal Enclosure. I am more of a fascinator girl as hats tend to swamp me so it’s a good job I still to the Grandstand!!!!

So, with these strict guidelines in place and the objective – as always – to look stunning, I have decided to give you a little bit of help.

One of my favourite trends as ever is pastels, as it makes it easier than ever to accentuate the bolder pieces of your outfit. I love a good accessory, and an even better a statement necklace, which is why I´ve assembled a couple of Ascot looks which reflect that.

THE STATEMENT DRESSES

There are so many Ascot inspirations on Pinterest that this was such a hard choice to make, but I thought I´d go for an LK Bennett and Reiss dress, pastels are one to embrace this summer and makes the most of the colour trend while it lasts. Less LBD (Or Little Black Dress) more LPD (Little Pastel Dress)!

 

The fascinators or hat-inators as they are now aptly named are a perfect match for the print-tastic nature of both dresses – keep it simple for the dress to have maximum impact. Add a cute clutch for the final finishing touch.

STATEMENT ACCESSORIES

I adore the simplicity of both dresses. Layer with all the accessories your heart desires – the more the better! I love the statement Necklace from Cherry Diva, paired with some killer heels to blend the dress and accessories in (if your feet can stand them) and a cute cuff or bangle for more bling, and of course, to add some of that all-important colour to the outfit.

THE STATEMENT HEADPIECE

Ok, this one´s a bit of a two-for-one deal, as the dress admittedly is gorgeous enough on its own, but I couldn´t resist. With a pastel coloured dress like the ones I have shown you, and light or dark fascinator (the white one from Atelier Millinary is my fave!) all you really need to polish off the look are some subtle accessories.

*Although fascinators are banned from the Royal Enclosure, they´re still permitted within the Grandstand Enclosure, so if you want to channel Kate Middleton and embrace the fascinator, these are ideal Click here for all the guidelines.)

Out of the Blue

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Dress sold here

Hat sold here

Clutch sold here

Shoes sold here

Necklace sold here

Popsicle Pink

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Clutch sold here

Dress sold here

Fascinator sold here

Shoes sold here

Bracelet sold here

So, there´s a couple of suggestions to get you started. Whether you go bold through and through or choose one statement piece and work the rest of your look around it, the most important thing is that you feel FAB!

A few tips from The British Fashionista:

1. Practice wearing your shoes – by the time I had got to Ascot I had changed into my flats
2. Ensure bag is big enough – to hold flat shoes (just in case!)
3. Take a picnic if possible as that all adds to the fun of ascot. We split the cost of a picnic and it was much cheaper – that said you need to have transport to do this as travelling on a packed Ascot train is far from ideal.
4. Don’t worry what others are wearing as long as you are comfortable and happy that is the main thing

This cream dress was from Next last year and the hat was Julien Macdonald at Debenhams

This outfit was built around the Union Jack Fascinator for the Queens Jubilee. It was a bit of fun as usually I go for the massive hat ensemble (see saucer hat above)

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Ascot during the Queens Jubilee Year

Have fun, and good luck!

A Day at the Races

A Day at the Races

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